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ZonePerfect Debuts Gluten-Free Protein Bars

While you are reading this post, I am out finishing my last long run before my upcoming half marathons!  After my 12 miles today, I will be in taper mode.  Some people love taper, others hate it.  I believe that I am in the latter group.  The purpose of tapering is to allow your body to recover and prepare for race day.  I know from past experience that it is beneficial, but that doesn’t mean that I have to like it.  I end up feeling lazy, like I am eating too much, like I can’t sleep well and generally ready to run like crazy once race day arrives, which is the point.  So, I shall occupy my time with blogging and studying.


I found these new protein bars when I was browsing the aisles of Target for things for Jon and Hannah’s Easter baskets.  I didn’t notice the big “gluten-free” label on the front until after I read the label.  I started to put the box down after I saw “oats” and no further definition of them being gluten-free.  That is when I noticed the “gluten-free” label on the front.  I quickly turned the box back over to see if I had missed something about the oats being gluten-free, but I hadn’t. 


When I got home I visited the ZonePerfect website to investigate a little further.  I wanted to know more about those oats.  I emailed Abbott Nutrition to see if I could get some more information and here is the response that I received:

Hello Kimberly,

Thank you for contacting Abbott Nutrition.

We appreciate your interest in Perfectly Simple(TM) ZonePerfect(R) Nutrition Bars!

All 3 flavors of the Perfectly Simple ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars are tested and certified Gluten-Free. They meet the FDA definition of Gluten-Free as there are less than 20 ppm.

Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.


Consumer Relations
Abbott Nutrition

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I emailed back to see if I could find out which certification company Abbott Nutrition used and will make sure to update the post when I hear back. 

The FAQ section on the website does have information about other products from ZonePerfect that don’t have any added gluten, but they aren’t tested for gluten that may be present. 

There are three varieties of the new Perfectly Simple Bars:

Peanut Crunch – Peanut Butter (Peanuts), Invert Evaporated Cane Juice, Soy Protein Isolate, Date Paste, Rolled Oats, and Coconut.

Cranberry Almond – Soy Protein Isolate, Apple Juice Concentrate, Sweetened Dried Cranberries (Sugar, Dried Cranberries, Sunflower Oil), Date Paste, Roasted Almonds (Almonds, High Oleic Sunflower Oil), Dried Pomegranate Seeds, and Cinnamon Powder.

Toasted Coconut – Invert Dried Cane Syrup, Date Paste, Soy Protein Isolate, Toasted Coconut, Roasted Almonds (Almonds, High Oleic Sunflower Oil), Whey Protein Isolate, and Natural Vanilla Flavor.

The bars range in calories from 170 – 200, 4-8 grams of fat and each have 10 grams of protein. 

I haven’t tried the new Perfectly Simple bars yet.  I was going to buy a box when I was at Target, but wanted to get more information first.  I will make sure to let you know what I think should I sample them.  Have you seen these bars in stores?  Have you tried them?  What about the other ZonePerfect bars that don’t contain gluten?

6 comments to ZonePerfect Debuts Gluten-Free Protein Bars

  • celiacinthecity

    First off — kudos to you for training how you do, it takes so much dedication for all of those races, way to go! And good luck on the upcoming half races!

    They actually just contacted me via my site to send me some to try, but I haven't gotten back to them yet — the oats thing does make me a little nervous. And because they whole labeling thing seems to be kind of a mess, I have a hard time trusting companies when they say they follow the FDA guidelines. I wish there was a more clear answer.

    Do keep us posted and I'll do the same. Thanks, Kim! Happy Easter!

    • Thank you!

      They did get back with me to let me know that they are looking into the certification/oats and will be getting back with me after the holiday. I will make sure to keep you posted. I would love to try the bars, but have to be careful. Nothing like ruining a refueling effort with gluten-related illness.

      Please let me know if you sample and how you like them! Happy Easter!


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  • eva

    they are incredibly good! even my picky eater of a daughter likes them. i found them at Target for $1 a bar but i think that was a promotion. I've seen them on Amazon for $35/12 bars …..that's too $ for me unfortunately.

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